Co-hosts Delma Jackson and Dr. Shadiin Garcia welcome a wide range of activists, scholars, healers, philosophers, and organizers to explore the ways we want to be in community, and the various roadblocks that have historically impeded our progress.
From systemic injustice to internalized oppression, apathy, and trauma, Shadiin, Delma and guests will pull back the layers of struggle within social progress, and dream together, even as we remind one another that our personal tragedies, triumphs, and healing will inform our ability to create a better world.
Our FIFTH episode is up: Freedom, Firearms, Thrivance, and the Audacity of Nope with Sarika Tandon.
Delma and Shadiin dive into the complexity of owning a firearm while in Black and Brown bodies. Like owning a gun, they question why loving the earth is so often framed as a white experience and why sometimes everything we seem to do feels like a reaction to white folks as opposed to creating a vision for ourselves in Black and Brown bodies.
We also learn that Delma typically likes to pin his own video on Zoom calls so he can focus on how pretty he looks….
Guest Sarika Tandon gifts us with the word thrivance, and much more. She shares the story of why she does what she does as an equity strategist and racial justice advocate, and why she does it as part of a big team.
There were two choices at that point. It was leave this messed up racist white supremacist environmental movement because it does not reflect me. It does not affirm me. It does not support the wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, communities of color. Or stay and tell that story and create accountability and change it so that it does. And I chose to stay.”– Sarika Tandon, Ep. 5 DIJ
Tandon focuses on the intersections of race equity and environmental issues. “My story starts with growing up in a suburb of Rochester, New York, on the white side of redlining in a brown body”, she says. She’s also a curriculum director of the Racial Equity Leadership Lab, and she has led conference sessions on race, climate and equity. We don’t understand how she does so much. Find her at https://sarikatandon.com/
Dive-In-Justice premieres February 26, 2021 with new episodes on a bi-weekly basis. DIJ is a co-production of the Center for Whole Communities and Shoreline Consulting. For companion writing on these themes, check out the CWC blog.
Our gratitude to Jenni Kotting for the Dive-In-Justice graphic design and outreach strategy, and to Doug Fearnside for audio engineering and podcast editing.
If you love the idea of building intentional community, If you love history and pop-culture, If you want to dream into a society where intersectionality is baked into the culture, The Dive-In-Justice POD is for YOU. Watch the introduction here.
Who’s invited? Shadiin says, “Delma and I enter the world in Black and Brown bodies, and we want to center that perspective. And if you’re white, we want you to be present too. We want you to listen, we want you to bear witness.” That’s an invitation to be present in solidarity, rather than show up just to extract meaning.
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